Consumer protection and advocacy

FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump , left, and Texas State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, right, listen as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries, particularly younger ones already going online for information from insurers, hospitals and doctors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
October 01, 2018 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Approaching annual sign-up season, Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries already accustomed to searching online for insurers, hospitals and doctors, officials announced on Monday. But some consumer advocates said the changes reflect a subtle...
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FILE- In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. In a blog post, Friday, Sept. 28, the company says hackers exploited its "View As" feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 29, 2018 - 12:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers. The attackers gained the ability to "seize control" of those user accounts, Facebook said, by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in. They could do...
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This Feb. 2, 2018, photo, shows a signboard of the name of cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, in Tokyo. Tech Bureau Corp. said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a server for its Zaif exchange was hacked for two hours last week, and some digital currencies got unlawfully relayed from what’s called a “hot wallet,” or where virtual coins are stored at such exchanges. Earlier this year, Coincheck reported a 58 billion yen ($547 million) loss of a cryptocurrency called NEM from suspected criminal hacking. (Kyodo News via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 2:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — Hackers have stolen 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) worth of cryptocurrencies from a Japanese digital currency exchange, the operators said Thursday. Tech Bureau Corp. said a server for its Zaif exchange was hacked for two hours last week, and some digital currencies got unlawfully...
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September 13, 2018 - 8:37 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advertising and media firm to which Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray's agency gave government work while he was a federal official now is doing political work for him. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Washington-based GMMB recently has been making...
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September 08, 2018 - 6:36 pm
A new report by congressional investigators details how hackers broke into Equifax last year in a breach that exposed the financial information of more than 145 million Americans. The lawmakers who requested the report say they will press the Trump administration on the lack of enforcement actions...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo, Cazadero firefighter struggles to protect a home from catching fire in Coffey Park, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Utility workers won protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires. The measure is scheduled for votes in the Senate and Assembly Friday night, Aug. 31, 2018, following months of contentious negotiations. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)
September 01, 2018 - 2:44 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature voted Friday to allow power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires amid fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., would otherwise face financial ruin. The measure is part of a wide-...
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A sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Seth Frotman, the nation's top government official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned on Monday, citing what he says is the White House's open hostility toward protecting student loan borrowers. Frotman is the latest high-level departure from the CFPB since Mick Mulvaney took over in late November. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 27, 2018 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The government's top official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned in protest on Monday, citing what he says is the White House's open hostility toward protecting the nation's millions of student loan borrowers. Seth Frotman will be stepping down as student loan...
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FILE- In this July 19, 2018, file photo, Kathleen Kraninger, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on her confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Banking Committee has approved Kraninger to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a 13-12 party-line vote. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 23, 2018 - 12:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved Kathy Kraninger as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as Republicans overlooked the protests of Democrats who said President Donald Trump's nominee is unqualified to lead the consumer watchdog. Kraninger's...
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FILE- In this June 29, 2018, photo, passengers wait for baggage at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. As summer vacationers start to pack up and head home, Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travelers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 07, 2018 - 9:24 am
As summer vacationers start to pack up and head home, Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travelers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket. The current law authorizing operations...
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July 25, 2018 - 2:57 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A consumer rights group has filed a complaint alleging a Minneapolis health care provider ignored ethical practices and federal safeguards when it researched the effect of the powerful sedative ketamine on more than 100 participants without their prior consent. The Public Citizen...
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